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deflate

[dih-fleyt]
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verb (used with object), de·flat·ed, de·flat·ing.
  1. to release the air or gas from (something inflated, as a balloon): They deflated the tires slightly to allow the truck to drive under the overpass.
  2. to depress or reduce (a person or a person's ego, hopes, spirits, etc.); puncture; dash: Her rebuff thoroughly deflated me.
  3. to reduce (currency, prices, etc.) from an inflated condition; to affect with deflation.
verb (used without object), de·flat·ed, de·flat·ing.
  1. to become deflated.

Origin of deflate

1890–95; < Latin dēflātus blown off, away (past participle of dēflāre), equivalent to dē- de- + fl(āre) to blow + -ātus -ate1
Related formsde·fla·tor, nounself-de·flat·ed, adjective
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  • Johnson deflated his area of the room with his breath intake.

    Measure for a Loner

    James Judson Harmon

  • Like a punctured ballon it deflated and became a shriveled, clinging thing.

  • As has been said, Joe deflated his lungs just before he took his dive.

  • He deflated his chest, spread his heels, and ceased to draw in his abdomen.

  • Which deflated that particular enterprise for the moment, anyway.

    The Killer

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for deflated

deflate

verb
  1. to collapse or cause to collapse through the release of gas
  2. (tr) to take away the self-esteem or conceit from
  3. economics to cause deflation of (an economy, the money supply, etc)
Derived Formsdeflator, noun

Word Origin

C19: from de- + (in) flate
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Word Origin and History for deflated

deflate

v.

1891, in reference to balloons, coinage based on inflate. Latin deflare meant "to blow away," but in the modern word the prefix is taken in the sense of "down." Related: Deflated; deflating.

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